Originally Posted by pdurrant
In the UK there is currently no requirement for residents to have or carry identity cards.
There are plans in place to change this - first to have voluntary cards, eventually moving to compulsion, and I suspect eventual requirement to carry. This move includes the creation of a central identity database. I am strongly opposed to all of this, and am astonished to see serious proposals for it all.
ID cards do not affect security or safety at all. If anything it'll reduce security, as it'll give false reassurance.
In this context - too expensive and not guaranteed to be still on plan when there is a change of government ...
Also - how does one really PROVE who one is ?